The Keller girls basketball team won a district championship last season, and coach Doug Sporrer said the Lady Indians should be in for another good year.
“We are looking forward to having a strong season,” Sporrer said. “We have a lot of experience back, which should pay dividends in big games. We are playing what is probably the toughest schedule we’ve had since I’ve been here (nine years). We have games included against South Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill, and these games will hopefully prepare us for the district schedule.”
Sporrer does not dote on individual players, but the Lady Indians return last year’s District 5-6A co-defensive MVP Megan Vincent, as well as well as the reigning offensive MVP in Ryanne Johnson.
Keller also returns last year’s all-district selection Mallory Lockhart.
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Keller is back-to-back district champions heading into the season and finished 26-7 last year, with a 13-1 mark in district competition.
The Lady Indians defeated Allen in the bi-district round of the playoffs last season before losing at area, and Sporrer said the objectives for the coming season are pretty straightforward.
“We have a history of teams that play so well together and this team is already doing an outstanding job of that as well,” Sporrer said. “They share the ball and play so unselfishly. That is always a big key to our success.”
Over at Keller Fossil Ridge, coach Stacy Henson said her job is to guide a young team that will have to get up to speed quickly. First-team all-district selection Grayson Bright has graduated.
“I have big expectations for this group,” Henson said. “Although we bring very little experience to the court, these kids operate well together on the floor. We are a scrappy group that leaves everything on the floor.”
Henson said she expects last season’s all-district selection Ty Henry, along with Maria Perez-Diaz and Kara Higdon, to lead the way this season.
The Lady Panthers finished last season with a record of 16-16 and 4-10 mark in district competition, and Henson said the expectations for this season is to contend for a playoff spot.
“Obviously every team wants to win a district title,” Henson said. “In order for us to be a play-off team this year we are going to have to rely on one another and play very hard. What we lack in talent, I feel we can make-up for in toughness and hustle. We have some returners that are going to have to step up and become impact players. Also we have some youth on the team Hailey Grant and Amiyia Walker that are going to have to assume big roles on the floor.”